About Amanda’s Health Journal

Amanda's Health Journal(For current articles that I post please see my blog.)

At age 30 some health problems surfaced, and I embarked on the journey to feel better. There were countless moments of misery during this journey, even though on the outside I was a fully functioning person (albeit with a few quirks that my family has come to love <“Sleep in a room with newly installed carpet? No way!”>). During the worst of times, I’d swear that whatever ended up ‘fixing’ me would be explained in detail on the very first page of the book that I would write to help others with my problem. That very first page is this website.

Health Experience? Quite a Bit

Over the years I have filled 40+ journals and countless Word docs chronicling what’s helped and what’s not. I have either dabbled or full-throttled in the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, biofeedback, colonics, liver flushes, homeopathy, EMDR, the Body Ecology Diet, meditation, heavy metal chelation, acupuncture, Bikram yoga, EFT, apple cider vinegar, the Egoscue Method, oil pulling, iodine supplementation, vegetable juice fasting, distilled water, castor oil packs, coconut oil, Primal Defense, fermented foods, kombucha, Chinese herbs, hydrogen peroxide therapy, the Special Foods Diet, infrared saunas, inversion board therapy, Pathwork, and many others that I can’t think of right now!

After all the trials and tribulations I have learned that attaining vibrant health is more about putting energy and healing into your body with some of the things I’ve mentioned on this site rather than study every bite of food or supplement that enters your mouth (although diet is very important – more on that later).  I read through my journals from prior years and I can hear a woman who was searching her heart out. So being where I am on my path now feels great. I am so grateful to be able to know now what really helps. I know that deep breathing, attentive time in nature, Spring Forest Qigong  (and other types of qigong), and rebounding can help you too.

Deep Breathing and You’re on Your Way

If you can’t manage them all, start with deep breathing for ten minutes twice a day. This practice will spill over to all of your daily breaths as time goes on, bringing an uplifted mood and more calm.  Then get out into Nature! A barefoot walk in the park or the beach does wonders. Look at the trees, the grass, the clouds. Such beauty is there, waiting for you, for free. It beats a gym in my book any day. And if you are so inclined, fit the rest of these activities into your busy day as best as you can. If you add even one or two of these practices I know you will feel better. I do know of course that there are many other healing methods. Perhaps you’d like to share what works for you. I would love to hear from you.

My blog is where I continually post health articles, if you’d like to check it out.

Thank you so much for visiting my site. I wish you all the best in your health journey.

Love,

Amanda

24 Responses to About Amanda’s Health Journal

  1. Al Lee says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Saw your post regarding our breathing webinar. Thank you so much for posting it!
    Love your blog and site. Thanks for the great work you are doing! Let us know if there is some way we can best cross promote you as well!

    All the best,
    Al

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Al, I sure will! Unfortunately I will be in England for the breathing webinar and the time difference won’t work, but I will surely attend the next one!

  2. Chris says:

    You poor girl. So sorry for all you’ve been though. I have struggled with a very serious and rare systemic candida problem as well and have almost died from it a few times. This last year, I’ve learned some things that have really helped me. The things that have mostly helped me are 1) Diet: consisting only of raw cultured veggies, raw coconut kefir, raw grass-fed cow kefir, fermented cod-liver oil from greenpasture.org, raw bison liver and some marrow (I get mine at http://www.northstarbison.com), a few other things, but those are the essentials and definitely eliminate food that is bad or junk; I like a modified bodyecology and GAPS diet as well that is pretty strict. 2) Supplements: for immune support and cleansing from candida I do (he shou wu, ant essence, eternal jing, gynostemma tea from dragonherbs.com), medicinal mushrooms from mushroomscience.com, especially reshi and chaga, and “my community host defense” from fungi.com. (I’ve learned these medicinal mushrooms are anti-candida, anti-cancer, anti-biotic but I had to start slow and start with one, then work my way up, cuz they can have a potent die off effect.) To chelate and detox, alkaine, & mineralize (fulvic ionic minerals, zeolite, shilajit MSM with turmeric all from omicaorganics.com/, Adya Clarity,) I also had to go slow and work my way up with these. (As far as chelation goes from heavy metals contributing to candida, it seem like a main issue for you could be the rod unfortunately.) I also do Probiotics. The best is CP1 from customprobiotics.com, Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics @ drohhiraprobiotics.com, Probioplus DDS @ http://www.uaslabs.com, Allflora from newchapter.com. (I also had to start slow with the probiotics and start with one at a time, or even 1/4 of a capsule at a time, like once a week, then work my way up to 1 a day, then eventually more cuz these can be pretty potent too.) I also do raw elk velvet, RAW colostrum, pine pollen extract and spring or well water from findaspring.com, also this: http://files.meetup.com/844266/sits2008.pdf

    This can seem like a lot and overwhelming, but even if you can add a little bit of these, they would help.

    I hope something in here was helpful to someone.

    I can also find discounts on some of these things.

    If you have any questions, please email me. I am learning new things all the time.
    Chris

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Chris. You sure know your stuff – I can tell you’ve been around the health block. I’ve not even heard of raw elk velvet but I will look into it. Thanks for sending the northstarbison link. I am going to embark on the GAPS diet soon and bison marrow/liver will fit in nicely. How are you doing with the diet? I didn’t see the stocks/broths mentioned, are you doing those? Thanks so much for your recommendations. My chiro likes zeolite as well.

  3. Elaine says:

    Wow, Amanda!!! I am so glad I stumbled upon your site. It is so reassuring to remember that we are not alone in these struggles. With that said, I was on the BED about 2 years ago. I felt like I was back and forth between bloated and starving the whole time. So I let myself go back on more grains, including gluten. This was after listening to a practitioner say Candida wasn’t my problem, it was copper. :( So I started just eating whole organic nutrient rich foods. I drank beer and indulged in sweets, not a lot, but enough that deep down I knew what I was doing. I recently started having very noticeable problems again and I recently went to an allergist. They did the standard skin test and he said, “Hmmmm, thats odd, do get a lot of yeast infections?” He of course didnt think much of it at all. Now I’m thinking, oh great!!! If its showing up on a standard test, I must be screwed. So tired and can hardly imagine myself going back to the non stop work and dedication of a BED diet. Praying that a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner can help me more than just trying to figure this out on my own. It was very trying and my husband can hardly believe he has to eat more quinoa again…. I will definitely be following your posts, thank you and keep up the work. You are inspiring!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Elaine,

      It meant a lot to read supportive words from a co-health-seeker such as yourself when I was in the middle of a pile of doctor bills, wondering how I’m going to pay the credit card people! As we know well, practitioners we choose to go to (because they’re good or because they’ve been recommended) are often not covered by insurance. So thanks for the strength to keep going.

      As for your Body Ecology experience, maybe your body is ready to try that kind of diet again? I say this because I am doing well on the GAPS diet, which is similar to BED, but no grains are allowed. I basically eat fruits (but not too many), vegetables, meats, homemade cultured foods like sauerkraut and young coconut kefir, coconut smoothies, nuts and nut butter, bone broths, black tea with raw honey, organic green jasmine tea which is absolutely beautiful…and I am doing fine. I like that my fingers don’t feel swollen when I eat like this. But I do think that in my case, and perhaps in yours, there is an underlying reason as to why we need to eat like this. I look at it as the healthiest diet for me right now, but after I deal with the main issue (for me it might be a hidden dental infection, or an allergy to my spinal rod’s metals…I am in the process of finding out), I am sure I will be able to open up the diet to include grains (but not gluten, no thanks!) when I feel like having them, and some raw milk ice cream etc.

      I think it’s great you’re working with a TCM doctor. If you feel good about him/her, go with it! I’ve learned so much from almost everyone I’ve been to. Actually, the best I felt at one time years ago was when I was eating how a great Chinese acupuncurist was instructing me to eat(and he said no wheat, no coffee, no tea). Maybe look at the GAPS diet? I know lots of people don’t do well on even quinoa.

      But I am sure you will overcome if you keep at it and keep laughing! Let us know how you do.

  4. Andrew says:

    Hey have you ever tried juicing or using a juicer? If so could you recommend a brand or model to purchase? Looks interesting. Juice fasting…

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Andrew,

      My juicer is a few years old but still quite functional. It’s a Breville Juice Fountain Plus. You can see it here. I bought this for under $150 after I read Natalia Rose’s book about detoxing and vegetable juicing – Detox 4 Women. She gives recipes for green smoothies, which are very good, especially if you like lemon, which is very alkalizing.

      Here is her recipe for Green Lemonade:

      1 head romaine lettuce or celery
      5-6 stalks kale
      1-2 packets of stevia
      1 whole organic lemon (don’t have to peel it)
      1-2 tbps. fresh ginger (optional)

      The lemon cuts the green taste. It’s delicious. Don’t drink it all down at once though; savor it over 10 or so minutes.

      As for juice fasting, I’ve done that twice in my life – three days each time. It definitely is a great way to detox. I would recommend taking it slowly though. The vitamins and minerals will increase your body’s cleansing abilities and you want to have your channels of elimination as open as possible so a backlog of toxins don’t make you feel yucky.

      Take a half day to consume nothing except water and two homemade vegetable juices spread out. Then a few days later do it again. Then a few days later try for a whole day. Build up incrementally like that until you can do three days in a row. At that point, you will be quite pleased with an increase in energy, I can assure you. The energy that your body was using on digestion is now being put towards making you cleaner and healthier inside.

      Good luck with your juicing – it’s an amazing way to get the nutrients from vegetables. You will see an improvement in your skin as one of the first noticed benefits. And thanks for making me get my juicing book out! It has inspired me to fire up the Breville.

  5. Kimberly says:

    Hi! Have you tried an ionic foot bath to help with detoxing?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kimberly,

      That is one thing I have not tried. I do remember reading this article online about it though, on Dr. Larry Wilson’s site. This is from his article on food allergies. He writes:

      Detoxify. Many times, allergic symptoms will improve as toxins are removed from the body. The only methods I most recommend are the use of a dry, low-temperature, preferably near infrared light sauna, coffee enemas, colonic irrigation, or other means of sweating such as steam baths, perhaps. Be sure to avoid ionic foot baths such as the BEFE, Q2, Bio-cleanse and others, as these are not safe. Nor do I recommend clay baths, although they will detoxify the body to some degree.

  6. Tom says:

    Amanda,

    Hi, my name is Tom and I am a senior in high school. I am a rower and I am being recruited to row at some of the top schools in the country. I have been getting yeast infections, thrush or whatever you like to call it on and off for the past year now. I feel like this is holding me back and limiting my potential with rowing and I feel like I will be a burden to whatever team I decide to row for in college because I keep getting this oral yeast infection. I also feel like it is just ruining my life in some ways because I feel like I always have it. I know that you must know how frustrating this is. I started drinking kombucha today and it actually seemed to help a little bit. I know that there isn’t a quick fix for this but what did you do to stop getting thrush? If you could help me out with this it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for all that you have posted already.

    -Tom

  7. Amanda says:

    Hi Tom,

    I know how hard it is to live with something that feels like it’s holding you back! I never had thrush. My yeast overgrowth was always concentrated in my gut. But I do know of some things that have helped people very much with thrush. For example, grapefruit seed extract, coconut oil, urine therapy, real probiotic yogurt. Do you know of the earthclinic.com’s page on thrush (http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/thrush1.html)?

    If the kombucha feels good, keep it up but build up in amounts you drink slowly. You do need good bacteria to push out the bad, as I’m sure you know. Also your diet should be quite low in sugar.

    Let us know what ends up helping you the most!

  8. Cheryl says:

    Amanda, do you know the best way to get rid of Lyme dis-ease/spirochetes? If so, can you post it here? Or is there a way I can speak to you more privately about this particular subject? Thanks for your help!

    • Amanda says:

      Good question. I’ve not cracked the code yet, but I have learned a few things. I’ll list them here, but I might forget one of them so this is in no way complete! Have a low sugar diet, eat whole foods, don’t do gluten, drink spring water, practice stress reduction daily, move your body daily, detox a lot (infrared saunas, coffee enemas, dr. miller’s holy tea, diatomaceous earth etc), eat homemade cultured foods like sauerkraut to increase beneficial bacteria, go for nine hours of sleep a night, take a deep breath and know that all will be okay. I use the salt/c protocol for lyme (marc fett has an ebook about it). This is what I’ve learned! Keep us posted on your progress and good luck with everything!

  9. Nicolette says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I have stumbled onto your site dealing with my own detox journey. I haven’t begun any form of intentional chelating as of yet (though I had a rough go of trying MSM (Sulfur) for “energy” and boy did that go way wrong), my 4 amalgams will be removed in three days (yay!) and I have been looking at Cutler’s protocol since I didn’t know any others exist. I know that I have copper/zinc imbalance favoring copper, high iron levels, and all of my minerals are very low according to my recent hair analysis.

    I came to your site and now I went from scared to try Cutler to now borderline terrified to try anything! What you have documented seems so exhausting and being a mother of 3 children under 6, I just don’t know if I have it in me! I am so fatigued already, and struggle with just getting up and making food for these kids. I have a big old long story I won’t bore you with, but I want to thank you for posting your stories as you have. Though it does freak me out, I do want to try something. I just feel like there is so much information out there, I can barely wrap my mind around it all.

    Do you know or understand why Cutler is against Far Infared Sauna’s? I want to get one for my home, one that has little to zero EMF output. I saw that in your list of things you have done, so would love input there. Also, if you had one protocol you would recommend someone start on just to get some chelating going (I would really love to have energy and a clear mind), what would you suggest today? I know I need to clean up my diet a bit, but I am pretty good with what we eat. I am very mindful of what I buy, my biggest cheat lately was Sahale Snacks. I really do try to stay away from gluten, chocolate (unfortunately), and sugar. Definitely a challenge.

    Anyway, very interested in your feedback on a good place to start as a newbie chelator. Also, have you ever heard of or tried “Asea?” I came across it through some guy on YouTube blogging about his detox experience, and how it has helped him out a lot. I am not selling it, just looking for honest feedback about it. And have you heard of Dr. Pompa? What are your thoughts on him if you have? He seems to make a lot of sense, but I always hesitate when I feel someone is only online to make money. So sick of scams. (http://drpompa.com/asea)

    Hope to hear back from you!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Nicolette, thank you for your comment and questions. Having 3 kids under 6 and not feeling your best – that is tough! But I’m sure you will make it through beautifully.

      You are the second person to mention Asea to me. I have not taken the time to understand what redox signaling molecules are. I have heard that the asea is in some way similar to chlorine dioxide or mms but have not looked into it.

      I do know that Cutler’s protocol has helped people, but I bet they were doing all the extra supps to a T, and were going more slowly with the chelation than I did.

      I think an infrared sauna would be amazing (although start low and slow!). Did you see my post on my experience with near infrared saunas? Over the course of months they did help with fatigue. I always felt so good after them. I’m going to start them up again. I would just make sure you’re getting lots of sea salt and water.

      I will write more soon about thoughts on chelating…

      Chlorine dioxide

  10. diane morrow says:

    Hi Amanda,
    What is the best test for heavy metals? Is Dr. Shade’s Tri-test the one you used? I know you tried his protocol for mercury removal. Would you still recommend Dr. Shade’s products today, or is there a better method to use to remove mercury that would be more cost effective.

    I have been sick for some time, but have always been afraid to do chelation (DMSA, etc.). My story is also long, and I have done many things to regain my health. I like the idea of staring slow, which hopefully will not cause me to crash.

    Please give your thoughts on chelation,

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Diane, I think your hesitation to do serious chelation is a good one. For me I found that unless I’m supplementing with an expensive array of nutritional support, too many minerals are taken out of my body, and more problems ensue. I do trust Shade’s work though. And yes I liked the Tri-Test because I could see things on paper. What I’m experimenting right now is with a niacin flush/exercise/sauna method of detox. Check Mercola on google for this. Dr. Yu too. One of my issues is being cold/cold hands/feet, and I’ve always loved saunas and how they make me feel. Would you be able to start up a gentle therapy like this one? I hope to write a post about it soon. Also, have you ever tried parasite cleanses consistently? Thanks for writing Diane.

  11. diane morrow says:

    Amanda, I am the opposite of you. I am always hot and my body is dehydrated. Because of the dehydration, I can not do saunas. I went to a idiot heart doctor one time and told him I was dehydrated. He said that ‘s an easy problem, just drink more water. Gee, I never thought of that (sarcasm). I wish it was that easy. Also, according to my 23 and me test, I am undermethylated and niacin will reduce methyl donors, not a good thing. Two weeks ago I did a genova CDSA (with parasites). Everything looked OK, no parasites or candida. Hard to believe the way I feel. I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on my health. Most practitioners did not help me. I was bedridden for 4 years and I am up due 100% to the things I have tried. Is the tritest you took from a practitioner or did you order this yourself? I have read your blog and know you were on Dr Shades protocol for a few months. If I were on this protocol for say 6 months, how much would I probably be spending on test and products? Thanks for your help, sometimes it is so hard to do it on your own.

  12. Amanda says:

    Hi – I”m not sure how much, but a fair bit. Give them a call – Quicksilver Scientific. On the emotional level, I’ve found that reaching for thoughts that feel good play a large role in getting better. Check out Abraham Hicks on youtube. All the best Diane.

    • frank says:

      heey there i would like to ask You about iodine. Why You added sardines to Your list?
      I do not reccomend sardines… not beacuse of mercury content but… pufa and the cans are bad… you hav to wash off fish many times.

      • Amanda says:

        Hi Frank. I used to eat sardines before I learned about pufa’s and Ray Peat’s work. I used to favor them as a type of seafood to eat because of lower mercury levels. i agree with you about the can too!

  13. theCLK says:

    Hey Amanda,

    Wondering where you’re at in your hg+ toxicity. Did you feel the Quicksilver test was useful? Would you recommend others to do it?

    • Amanda says:

      Yes I felt the Quicksilver test was useful. I would have found it even more useful had I had the $$ to continue on the detox with all of the QS products, like glutathione and Vitamin C, and then the retests to see how much mercury was gone, and how much better my kidneys were excreting heavy metals and chemicals. And doing this all alongside (if even remotely by phone) a QS-trained doctor who could use her experience with others who had detoxed the Hg to help me. Let us know how you do.

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